On Saturday 14th September a selection of volunteers from local XR groups took to the streets in an unconventional protest: an arts performance. Taking a new tack, rather than the usual placard-waving and death-mimicking, they walked blindfolded and hands bloodied over images of birds, butterflies, and bees. Event organiser Wai – from Who Art and Design – explained how they wanted to appear “in a state of ignorance, or show a lack of awareness” as they trampled pictures of natural beauty. At the end of this strange procession, the actors awake and realise what they’ve been doing, but have they woken soon enough? 

PICTURE: David Bruce

The performance, part of Coastal Currents Art Festival, aimed to engage the public by raising questions and encouraging curiosity, rather than blankly stating its demands. 

Wai would welcome volunteers for a further performance. Contact her via www.whoartanddesign.com or Hastings and St Leonards Extinction Rebellion. 

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